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Data Science Certificate plus A.A. Degree Option

General Studies Associates of Arts Degree
Data Science Option, General Studies AA Degree

Review the academic map for recommended course selections and sequencing for a Data Science focus. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

The study of Data Science combines tools and techniques for acquiring information and preparing it for analysis that can help you uncover cause and effect, predict outcomes, and to communicate insights to different audiences. The field requires people with creativity, curiosity, training in scientific methods, and journalism/storytelling, in addition to math and statistics.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

Transfer Opportunities

Data science is now transforming industries in areas such as health care, energy, and transportation. If you are pursuing a degree in liberal arts, business, finance, science, health sciences, or education, data science skills will give you an edge over other candidates competing in today’s challenging job market. In addition to pursuing a data science degree at a 4 year institution, an emphasis in data science can contribute to or enhance the pursuit of other majors. See all our General Studies articulations.

Career Options

With benefits of data becoming more numerous and widespread, demand for data science and analytics talent is projected to grow by 15 percent by 2020.  Data skills double the job prospects for liberal arts graduates and add a $12,000 premium, on average, to starting salaries, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Students with a General Studies degree will be able to successfully apply these skills in a wide range of careers.

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.